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Professor James Crawford SC FBA

Emeritus Fellow
Whewell Professor of International Law

James Crawford is the Whewell Professor of International Law.

Academic interests

All fields of international law.

Degrees obtained

  • LLB Hons.
  • BA, Adel.
  • DPhil, Oxon.
  • LLD, Cantab.


James Crawford SC, FBA was Whewell Professor of International Law, and concurrently Research Professor of Law, Latrobe University.

He was the first Australian member of the United Nations International Law Commission (ILC) and in that capacity was responsible for the ILC’s work on the International Criminal Court (1994) and for the second reading of the ILC Articles on State Responsibility (2001).

In addition to scholarly work on statehood, collective rights, investment law, and international responsibility, he has appeared in more than 40 cases before the International Court of Justice and other international tribunals, and is engaged as expert counsel and arbitrator in international arbitration.

In 2012, he was awarded the Hudson Medal by the American Society of International Law.

Other interests

History, cricket.

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Publications, links and resources

Recent work includes:

  • The International Law of Responsibility, co editor, Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • The Cambridge Companion to International Law, co editor, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Brownlie’s Principles of Public International Law, editor, Oxford University Press, 2012.

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